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Press release issued: 15 June 2001

University Theatre Collection celebrates 50 years in entertainment

The Theatre Collection at the University of Bristol is celebrating its 50th birthday this summer. To mark this milestone, the Theatre Collection is hosting a selection of special events.

The celebrations will kick off with an illustrated lecture, called '2,000 Years of Stage Costume', by the BAFTA and Olivier award-winning costume designer, Deirdre Clancy, at 7.30 pm on Friday, June 8.

From her first successes with the world première of D H Lawrence's Trilogy at the Royal Court Theatre in 1966 to her BAFTA award-winning costumes in the film Mrs Brown in 1997, Deirdre Clancy has played a key role in the development of modern theatre, opera and film. She has been involved in over 100 productions worldwide, including productions with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has written and illustrated the definitive Costume Since World War Two and is also an accomplished classical portrait artist.

Andrew Hilton, the Artistic Director of Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, officially opens the '1951 - A Year in Entertainment' exhibition at 12.30 pm on Saturday, June 9.

This free exhibition, which runs until September 28, takes a nostalgic look back at the year in which the Theatre Collection was founded.

Budding theatre designers have the opportunity to get hands-on experience of theatre and costume design in a practical workshop to be held from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm on Wednesday, June 13. Tutors from the Drama Department will be sharing trade secrets and tips for successful careers in theatre design.

A seminar for those with a passion for the theatre will run from 2 to 5pm on Wednesday, June 13. 'Voices of Experience' will be a chance to discuss theatre design from the point of view of the actor, maker and designer with demonstrations from three theatre professionals including Steven Gregory, the designer and maker of Michael Crawford's mask for Phantom of the Opera.

Victoria Newton, Assistant Keeper, said: 'We have a really outstanding resource here, and we're keen that local people and visitors from further afield should be able to enjoy it. They will all be very welcome.'

The number to call for further details of all the events is Bristol 928 7836. The Theatre Collection is located at 21 Park Row and is open Monday to Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Copyright: 2001 The University of Bristol, UK
Updated: Friday, 15-Jun-2001 10:50:23 BST

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